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Interview: Tomas Lindberg from At The Gates on crafting the most anticipated album of 2014

November 13th, 2014

There’s no way around it – At The Gates releasing their first new material in over 18 years was a big deal. We sent Pete Long along to find out from Tomas Lindberg, the band’s frontman, just why it took so long.

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When Tomas Lindberg talks about the “One thousand, two thousand people” waiting for At War With Reality, it seems he might be selling himself a little short. It’s not that he’s unaware of the affection that Slaughter of the Soul is held in, it’s just that nobody in At The Gates is the type of guy to spend too much time thinking about the album’s legacy. Considering the effects that the level of expectation could have had on them, it’s probably just as well.

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EP: Winnebago Deal – Bail Out

April 2nd, 2014

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Winnebago Deal
Bail Out
Dry Heave Records
19 April 2014

by Tomas Doyle

If you remember Winnebago Deal from the first time around (they formed in 1999, toured with everyone from Blood Brothers to Mondo Generator and had the spirit of punk rock etched into their veins while still picking up major plaudits) then chances are you won’t need telling how brilliant they were, and now continue to be. If, after a four year absence, this review merely serves to give you a heads up that the barnstorming duo are back then you are welcome. Enjoy – shit’s as good as it ever was.

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Album: Carcass – Surgical Steel

August 5th, 2013

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Carcass
Surgical Steel
Nuclear Blast
16 September 2013

by Rob McAuslan

This is what you call A Really Big Deal. The last couple of years have seen a rash of reformations, with the overwhelming majority of them ending in disappoint and woeful live appearances. Of the ones that have even got as far as producing new music, barely any have been worth the time to listen to (how are you all getting on with 13, by the way?) So, a new Carcass album after 17 years  can’t be a good thing, right?

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EP: American Head Charge – Shoot

July 2nd, 2013

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American Head Charge
Shoot
Self-released.
23 July 2013

by Daniel Cairns

You don’t hear this a lot and it’s a travesty: American Head Charge made one of the best albums of the whole nu metal era with the Rick Rubin-produced The War of Art. Oh, and they weren’t even Nu Metal either really. They were always more Ministry than, er, Methods of Mayhem. They were a bit Faith No More too, if Faith No More were into steampunk and nasty sex things. Which they were, now that I look back.

Anyway it’s been a while, but AHC have a new thing out. As an aside, by some wild coincidence I’ve started watching WWE again. American Head Charge and WWE. It’s like the last 12 years didn’t exist or something. Gawd, I wish they didn’t.

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Album: Earthtone9 – IV

April 17th, 2013

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Earthtone9
IV
Self-released
8 April 2013

by Rob McAuslan

Ask a random selection of UK metal fans aged mid-20s and up which band they thought should have been massive at the turn of the century, and there’s a fair chance that Earthtone9 will be the answer you get. The Nottingham six-piece had a blend of accessible melody, progressive tendencies and sheet-metal fury that was rare at the time, and still proves hard to find now. Splitting in 2002, the band announced in 2010 that they’d be reforming to play a few shows…and then we even got a new EP a few months later…and now 11 years almost to the day since the release of their last EP, (finally!) a new Earthtone9 album has arrived.

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GREATEST HITS OF 2012 no.5: Breaking down the real reasons behind the Black Sabbath/Bill Ward split

December 20th, 2012

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Our analysis of the real (i.e., financial) reasons for the Black Sabbath/Bill Ward split is another article you can file in the Thrash Hits no-one-else-could-publish-this folder. Most websites don’t have the stones to analyse anything deeper than 200 words, and no music magazine was going to seriously tackle this topic – after all, why sacrifice their chances of securing a coveted Black Sabbath cover feature just for the sake of some trouble-making?

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INTERVIEW: Andrew Kline from Strife – “I’d rather have someone be true to themselves instead of living to uphold a commitment they made when they were 16 years old.”

November 22nd, 2012

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C’mon kids, pull up a chair and sit down by the fireplace. We’re going to talk to you about a band who were making killer albums of straight-up aggressive hardcore long before every scene kid with a snapback-sized chip on their shoulder had even dreamed of getting an ugly neck tattoo. Let’s talk about Strife.

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Sunday Slaylist: Finch – What It Is To Burn

October 21st, 2012

Earlier this week in a statement made via Altpress, influentioal post-hardcore types Finch announced they would be reforming n order to perform the entire of their 2002 debut, What It Is To Burn, to mark the 10th anniversary of its release. They’re even bloody well getting their original drummer, Alex Pappas, back on drums, and he hasn’t played with them since 2004. Yep, it’s safe to say, this is going to be a pretty special occasion.

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Thrash Hits TV: Mikee Goodman talks about the SikTh reunion….

July 16th, 2012

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Remember last year when we started making noise about SikTh reuniting? And then they went and launched a merch store and an official Facebook page and then….well, nothing? It was kinda frustrating, wasn’t it?

Well, we got tired of waiting for more news on the SikTh reunion, so when we got one of the band’s former frontmen, Mikee Goodman, in front of a camera at Download Festival 2012, we just straight up asked him what on Earth was going on with regards to his former band.

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Sunday Slaylist: The return of The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster

June 24th, 2012

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Of all the things that happened this week, the news that The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster would be reforming was probably the thing that caused the most excitement here at Thrash Hits HQ. TEMBD are one of those bands who fell through the cracks between traditional heavy music and mainstream indie, and their decision to call it a day back in 2011 saw many – us included – feeling they never received the levels of success they deserved. Their reformation is more than enough justification in our eyes to break out a Sunday Slaylist of all their best songs.

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